Most people in B.C. are immune to measles.
Even in wealthy countries, like the USA, where measles was ostensibly eradicated in 2000, "We're having outbreaks that are protracted, that are sizeable and that are growing", Katherine O'Brien, WHO's director of immunisation and vaccines, told The Guardian.
Earlier, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Republic Act (RA) 10152, or the Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act of 2011 requires the DOH, other government agencies, nongovernment organizations, professional and academic societies, and local government units are required to make available appropriate information materials and have a system of distribution to the public.
The WHO noted that before the measles vaccine was introduced in 1963, outbreaks every few years caused 2.6 million deaths annually. But there are many other people, not in the Amish community, who object to having their kids immunized, she said. "Get vaccinated. There's no excuse not to be vaccinated", B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Friday.
Main image: A girl receives the measles vaccine.
The UN News Service said that WHO's appeal to member states to close gaps in vaccine coverage follows the previously announced news that an estimated 110 000 people died from the highly infectious but easily preventable disease in 2017.
"Nothing is 100 percent safe".
The former legislator also said that the government is looking into the proper and full implementation of RA 10152 to contain and curb the rise in measles cases in the country.
Dr. Ardis Hoven says, "For those who are traveling internationally, particularly smaller children, if you're taking a baby that's, say, six months or something, internationally, that children ought to get a dose of MMR before they're leaving the United States".
"Ohio allows for what we call a philosophical exemption that happened back in 2005, when we saw our rates start to drop". "We can not achieve healthier populations globally, as promised in WHO's vision for the coming five years, if we do not work locally".
And public health officials haven't identified any new locations where people may have been exposed. "We do have the tools to prevent measles", she said.
"That's an opportunity for us to connect with them, with children whose immunizations are not up to date, to inform parents and to work with them".
It stalled in the legislature last year, but Arnold says they hope to find a new sponsor for the proposal later this year.